Questions to Ask About Your Allied or Travel Nurse Pay Package

At Triage, we’re not shy when talking about traveler pay. That’s why our allied and travel nurse job board highlights a weekly pay rate whenever possible. (NOTE: sometimes our contracts prohibit listing pay so if you don’t see it, that’s why.)

Before you sign a contract as a traveler, make sure you ask your recruiter these questions about your travel nurse pay package. Knowing what to ask before means you’ll be able to make better decisions for your career—and your wallet. And we’re here for that. 

Allied or Travel Nurse Pay Question #1: What’s the Weekly Rate?

We know, you need to know what you’re taking home each week. The weekly rate on our site is an estimate since we never know what your tax situation is. Maybe you’re taking a job in a state without state taxes or maybe you have you live in a state with higher than average state taxes. This is why, there’s no one-size-fits-all situation for every traveler. Use this as a starting off question, but don’t stop there. 

Allied or Travel Nurse Pay Question #2: What About the Tax-Free Stipends?

Next, have a chat about the tax-free stipends. Typically, these can include housing and travel allowances, but they should be clearly spelled out in your contract. Sometimes recruiters will push for a very low hourly rate and a stipend amount that exceeds the GSA’s allowance for that area. While it sounds great (on paper), it can have major consequences for travelers. Having a low hourly rate and a higher rate of tax-free stipends can open a travel nurse up for an IRS audit, but it can also affect things like Social Security when you’re older and the ability to qualify for a mortgage. Lenders typically only look at your taxable rate, so having an extremely low taxable rate can limit your spending ability later on. 

Allied or Travel Nurse Pay Question #3: Do You Offer Benefits?

Your benefits are an important part of your pay package, so ask your recruiter what they offer and more importantly, how much you’ll pay. Make sure to get the answers that match your situation—obviously family medical coverage costs more than single coverage. 

If you’re interested in a retirement account, ask about that too. Triage offers a company match once you’ve reached 1000 hours worked, and a year of employment. However, you can open an account after you receive your first paycheck. 

Allied or Travel Nurse Pay Question #4: Does Your Company Offer Gifts?

It may not seem like gifts are a part of your pay. But, think again. Companies that give every traveler lavish gifts, such as North Face jackets, Figs scrubs and other expensive gifts take those funds out of your paycheck. Sure, you don’t actually see a line item in your contract for gifts, but trust us. We’re being Real with you on this one—you’re paying for that gift. So, ask about the company’s gifting policy and if they send something with a huge price tag, ask yourself if you’re okay with it. 

Want to find a new travel nurse job? Connect with your recruiter or check out our Triage travel nurse job board to find a position.